2013 and beyond

It's pretty simple: the most birds seen or heard from one's yard during 2013 will be the "winner". Want in? O.k....then do it despite that.

2013 promises to be a lot less mean but still a carbon-free birding competition, even if slightly less exciting than a MEGA x EPIC hybrid.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The joy of spring

I made great use of a conference call this morning and did a 50 minute stationary count from the yard as the 23 mph winds from the south jump started things in eastern Kane County.
I scored a few overdue yardbirds (COHA, ROPI), but also snagged a very nice addition in the form of a spanking Red-shouldered Hawk that drifted its way north just west of my yard.  The best part was that the RSHA also was a Kane County bird for me (#201)!
Here's the 22 species I managed in 50 minutes (5 yardbirds bolded):

Kickapoo Ave and vicinity (Kane Co.), Kane, US-IL
Mar 6, 2012 10:10 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Stationary
22 species

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  24
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser americanus)  2
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)  1
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii)  1
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)  1

Red-tailed Hawk (Eastern) (Buteo jamaicensis borealis)  1
Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis)  4
Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)  3
Rock Pigeon (Columba livia)  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)  1
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)  1
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)  1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)  2
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis)  1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)  5
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)  1
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)  1
House Finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)  4
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus)  6
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)  2
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)  6


  1. Oh yeah btw - this officially brings my new yard onto the bar chart on the sidebar...passing the wetlands for the year.

  2. Keep em coming! Putter needs a run for his money!

  3. Nice, man! Still need GBHE up here...


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